Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer’

The Making of a Protest

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Hi Bev.

I’m behind, so this protest quilt has to come together quick. Thankfully, I’m the sort of woman who gets worked up about injustice on a daily basis. I think we can all agree that there are plenty of things to protest in this world from wars and bungled laws like the  Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act to unreasonable bosses and parking spot stealers. From the serious atrocities to minor annoyances, it will be fun to stitch out some of my issues. Come to think of it, I think the world would be a much better place if all world leaders stitched. President Obama, I’m available if you need an International Ambassador of Craft.



A long lost stitcher returns… Well, sort of.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Hi Bev.

Your Green Man turned out amazing and your protest quilt looks fantastic. Unfortunately, my protest quilt is still an idea in my head. In an almost ridiculous turn of events I’ve been dealing with the whiplash worries that are becoming quite common for print journalists here in the United States.

Fearing that I would be downsized after Christmas, I took on extra work including a couple unpaid craft-related opportunities to promote CraftSanity and then a paid commission request to make another fart quilt. (Seriously, this is not a joke.) Then, only when I found myself completely overloaded with work, I came to realize that my job will be around longer than I anticipated. Of course, right?!

So, now I’m too busy to craft as much as I want to and feeling a tad cranky about it. Some days, when I’m forced to walk past my stash of embroidery floss, it’s difficult not to growl. I just want to stitch. That’s all.

The good news is that I’m in the perfect frame of mind to work on my protest quilt once I get the binding on that fart quilt. Can you believe my first commissioned quilt would be flatulence-related? Life sure is entertaining and truth is so much more entertaining than fiction.

Things will settle down soon. I refuse to live a life that doesn’t  involve appropriate amounts of time spent stitching with my daughters. I need that creative time with them.

My apologies to your and our readers for lagging behind. I will catch up as soon as I can.



Catching Up With My P.S. Quilt

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Hi Bev.

October was a a wild month that came and went and I’m still stitching and will be through the weekend. It didn’t help that I’ve been particularly indecisive as far as subjects and fabric choices. As I suspected would happen, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the freedom we’ve had to choose are own fabric. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’ve changed my theme a “myths of marriage” instead of Greek mythology. (I’ll explain later.) I’m a little nervous about it, but I think it will be interesting to see if I can pull it off. Wish me luck and happy stitching!



P.S. As a newspaper feature writer, I wasn’t involved with any of the election night news coverage. But I did wear my “Craft the Vote” apron to the polls that day, and I brought an embroidery project to work on while I waited to vote. This worked out well, because I ended up meeting a woman who makes hooked rugs. I smell a craft column coming on.

I’m Going Greek.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Hi Bev.

I’ve been researching this month’s Myths & Legends theme and have been pulled back to the Greek mythology that captivated me as young girl. I love the the stories of the gods and their powers. I had forgotten that Athena was the goddess of crafts and domestic arts because it seems she was more widely regarded a guardian of those in battle and the goddess of wisdom. It rocks that there’s a goddess of craft! I think she will be appearing in my next quilt. Now I just have to figure out how.

How did it get to be Oct. 19 already?!



Balance: Tree Pose

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Hi Bev.

It’s been days since our live reveal on Skype and I finally made time to photograph my quilt today. September’s challenge ended with a quilted butterfly doing a yoga pose. I’m not really sure how to explain this exactly. I had other plans, but this is what came out when I started working this piece. Do you love it when the unexpected happens?
I Iove butterflies and regard them as a symbol of life. They’re beautiful and delicate and graceful. I like yoga, too, but have difficultly fitting it into my schedule. And since my yoga class attendance is rather sporadic, I haven’t progressed much farther than the tree pose that the butterfly is doing above.

This is my rendition of balance. And I’m happy to report that I used pieces from all the fabric you sent. In fact, I’m sure that my commitment to try to use only your fabric lad me to the butterfly design. I knew I could use all those prints on the wings. Thanks for the inspiration.

Your balance quilt turned out fabulous! Way to use those paints and beads! You go, sister! Now we’re off to create October’s “Myths & Legends” quilt. The adventure continues…



P.S. I still need to post about the new method I tried out on this quilt. I didn’t forget. I’m just pressed for time.

Balancing Quickly… Is This Possible?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Hi Bev.

After weeks of mulling over the possibilities for this month’s quilt, I finally started stitching last night. I’m going in a direction I didn’t expect, but I guess that’s what happens every month. If all goes well, I’ll have the top done by late tomorrow night.

I’m having fun with the fabrics you sent and so far have not used any from my own stash. We’ll see if I make it to the end without adding to the mix. I’m really trying to avoid that. I’ll fill you in on my design inspiration in my next post and also tell you about the magical substance I’m using to make my appliques. This trick has changed my life already. Seriously, you’re going to LOVE this!

In the meantime, here’s a quirky little video to inspire you (or not). It’s called “Balance.” Enjoy!



Going with a splash!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Hi Jennifer,

I love the home quilt! I just had to write to say how beautiful it is! I was astounded when we got together on Skype – that oh so long conversation with my dog and your dog getting their two bits in too. Your quilt was SUCH a surprise!

FlagsBut of course, it makes sense too. From what I know of you, I know that swimming and the pool are very important places for ‘grounding’ (hah, if you can say that about water) and finding peace. I haven’t swum as much as you, but I know the delight of the water and of working off the jitters as you clock up the laps.

At first, it was hard to see your quilt in detail on Skype, and what the big black ‘T’ in the middle was, until you told me. I loved the idea and the composition, just couldn’t see the details. Like those beads. Oh, I adore those red beads! Now that I’m lookingRed beads at the close-up photos, I can see all sorts of other things, too, like the machine-stitching on the tiles, and the way you used the gauzy fabric to make the texture reminiscent of water, and the sheer loveliness of that fish in a house on the back.

I didn’t tell you, but some of the fabric I sent you has a story. The bright peacock blue silk was a part of my wedding jacket (married in September, I had a silk jacket made to wear over the dress), and the gauzy fabric was given to me by a chance-met fashion designer here in Melbourne, called Chitra. I walked into her store called Chitra’s Closet one day, we got talking, and somehow I ended up with bags of off-cut fabrics, swatches and scarf samples. Her generosity was astoundingly wonderful – and it’s great to use her beautiful fabrics in new works of art!

But I have a bone to pick with you! Nobody told me we’re doing double-sided quilts now! (she roars with laughter)

Home back

You’ve inspired me to add a few things to the back of my own “No Place like home” quilt…. All the places I’ve lived, stem stitched onto the back.

Can I call this done now?


Home Away From Home

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Hi Bev.

Quilt No. 2 is complete!

For some reason I really struggled with the binding on this one, and was so very relieved when I finally got to the hand-stitching. (Perhaps it would help to be fully conscious when I stitch.)

I used the netted fabric you sent to help create a sense of movement in the water and then machine-quilted the tiles of the pool floor. I created this piece fairly quickly, and completed all the machine quilting on the front in one sitting. The beaded lane markers were kind of an experiment, as I’d like to work more beads into my pieces.

I would have finished this quilt sooner had I not fallen into the habit of creating two-sided quilts. I seem to excel at increasing the degree of difficulty. But I sure am having fun! Here’s a look at the back…

I simply embellished a fish on the print you sent and stitched a child-like rendering of a house around the fish. I worked on this during a stressful week and found it to be a very easy and wonderful project to have on hand.

I’ve spent much of my life feeling like a fish out of water, so it seemed appropriate to cozy up this little fish by stitching a roof above his head. This particular fish is completely “at home” in the water, kind of like me.

Okay, I guess this means it’s time to move on to quilt No. 3

Two down, 10 (or more) to go.